Festival Program

Highlight Event

Watching Them Grow: From Page to Screen

Sat 31 Aug, 1pm
The Capitol

After spending months and sometimes years gestating a novel, what does it feel like to see it transformed into something new on the screen? Novelists Becky Albertalli (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda), Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi) and Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) speak about the emotional tumult and letting go involved in adaptation. With Angela Savage.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Becky Albertalli is an author of contemporary young adult fiction, including Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, Leah On the Offbeat, and What If it’s Us (co-authored with Adam Silvera). She lives with her family in Atlanta, GA, USA.

Melina Marchetta, known for her coming-of-age novel Looking for Alibrandi, is a bestselling author in more than 20 countries and 18 languages. The Place in Dalhousie is her latest novel.

Angela Savage is an award-winning Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and currently works as Director of Writers Victoria. Her fourth novel, Mother of Pearl, was published by Transit Lounge in 2019.

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels: Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe, The Slap and Barracuda, and the collection Merciless Gods. He has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and his works have been adapted for film and television. He is also a playwright, essayist, and screenwriter.

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